Is Your Medication Making You Sick?
Like Yelp for Rx drugs, this site contains an easily searchable database of more than 5.6 million reports of side effects sent to the FDA by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, patients, and drug companies since 1997. Enter your symptoms to see the most frequently implicated meds.
Sometimes negative reactions are a result of mixing drugs. Type in the prescriptions you're taking, and this app will call up a list of possible dangerous interactions from among more than 1,500 common medications. For instance, you may be surprised to find out that taking an SSRI antidepressant with certain types of cough medication can cause shivering, restlessness, and even high blood pressure. Findings like this are regularly uploaded to the app, so you'll always be in the loop.
Created in collaboration with the FDA, this app allows you to sign up for alerts—sourced from FDA reports and social-media posts—about new drug safety information. (One recent example: In August, the FDA issued an order that the warning labels of some common antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, must be updated to include the risk of permanent nerve damage.) If a drug you're tracking is the subject of an alert, the info will be texted to your phone.
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